There is a fragmented approach to delivery of youth and community sport programmes. And these programmes are mainly being delivered to communities rather enabling communities to be able administer, manage and deliver their own community sport clubs and programmes. This lack of community ownership will mean that they are not sustainable in the long term.
The limitations of the current youth development structures in British sport highlight the need for radical change. This change needs to be philosophical, as well as, structural. The central focus should not be producing ‘medal winners’ or ‘international standard athletes’, but rather on producing ‘well rounded people that can contribute positively to the society’. This philosophical shift, combined with structural changes, would see UK sport produce the highest standards of excellence in and out off competition. The Youth Charter provides a Cultural Framework for how this can be delivered.
Please see link to the committeee report: Tackling Physical Inactivity - A Coordinated Approach (2014)
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